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Final Fantasy IV (Nintendo DS)

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Final Fantasy IV is a remake of the classic Japanese RPG that was first released for SNES, known as Final Fantasy II in the West.

Unlike the many subsequent ports (to Playstation, GameBoy Advance, etc.), this release is a full remake, programmed from scratch with real-time 3D graphics. The characters have a "super-deformed" touch. There is also voice acting during cut-scenes. A new option has been added to the menu, which allows the player to read a conversation between party members and receive advice from them.

It also features many gameplay additions. The difficulty level has been increased, not only beyond the difficulty of the Western SNES release (which was reduced compared to Japanese original and subsequent ports), but even beyond the original difficulty. The party members are still bound by class, but they can now hunt for so-called "augments", which can be found or stolen from enemies and which grant the characters additional bonus abilities, resistances, spells that their class would normally not allow, etc.

Beside those major changes, there are also plenty of minor additions. It is possible to obtain bonus items after exploring every corner and filling 100% of an area map; Rydia, the summoner girl, has a new monster summon who can be customized in various ways; there is a new quest involving the "naming" moogle of the original game, etc.


Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS The first fight
Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS The birds try to petrify the party
Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS Party screen
Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS Strolling around the castle. That map on the touch screen is handy

Alternate Titles

  • "ファイナルファンタジーIV" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

The Review Busters 2008 9.75 out of 10 98
GameFocus Aug 18, 2008 9.1 out of 10 91
Legendra Oct 26, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Gamer 2.0 Jul 25, 2008 9 out of 10 90
games xtreme Oct 27, 2008 8.7 out of 10 87
GBase - The Gamer's Base Oct 13, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
Gaming Age Aug 14, 2008 B 75
JeuxActu Sep 05, 2008 14 out of 20 70
RPGamer Aug 09, 2009 3.5 out of 5 70
Gamekult Sep 05, 2008 6 out of 10 60


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1001 Video Games

Final Fantasy IV appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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